Either-Or: An Antique Marblehead Saltbox vs. a Sleek South Boston Duplex

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a single-family on the National Register of Historic Places with a modern condo near Boston Harbor.

Scott Booth Photography (Marblehead); Justin Anfuso (boston)

11 Manataug Trail, MarbleheadSale Price: $910,000191 K Street, #6, Boston
3,470 square feet
Asking Price
Days on Market
1,143 square feet

There are two types of buyers: those who seek historical homes, aged but full of character, and those who crave newer, more polished digs. As these two recently sold properties prove, each comes with its own unique set of perks. Though it lingered on the market for four months, this Marblehead saltbox now offers its new owners the charm of a late-17th-century build—authentic pine floors, four fireplaces (one with a beehive oven), and a half-acre yard featuring a fish pond and an original horse barn—all for just $262 per square foot.

Back in Boston, a 2006-constructed South Boston condo trades old-school charm—and generous square footage—for more contemporary touches, including rich cherry-wood floors and a kitchen peninsula boasting built-in wine storage. Up on the private roof deck, meanwhile, an outdoor shower, a gas stove, and irrigated flower boxes frame glorious skyline vistas—as good a reason to buy modern as any.